Can You Use Wallpaper in a Small Space?

You may think that wallpaper is only for large rooms, but it can actually be a great way to add interest and texture to small spaces. Here are a few ideas for using wallpaper in small rooms:

  • Go for bold patterns or colors in small closets or inside cabinets. A little bit of wallpaper can go a long way in adding visual interest to these spaces.
  • Use small-scale prints or neutral colors in bathrooms. Wallpaper with a small print or calming colors can help create a serene space in small bathrooms.
  • Create an accent wall. Choose one wall in a small room to paper, and keep the rest of the walls simple. This will help define the space and make it feel more cohesive.

With a little bit of creativity, wallpaper can be a great way to add personality to small rooms. So don't be afraid to experiment with this versatile decorating tool.

How to Decorate Small Spaces with Wallpaper and Wall Murals: General Rules

Are you looking for a little more explanation? Don’t worry, we have you covered.

What kind of wallpaper makes a small room look bigger?

  • Small Pattern Repeats
  • Room Wraps with Patterned Wallpaper
  • Light Colors
  • Scenic and Landscape Murals

Small Pattern Repeats: Use the Right Scale, Size, and Proportion

One of the best ways to make a small room feel bigger is to use patterned wallpaper. But it's important to choose the right design. Smaller pattern repeats tend to work better in smaller spaces, as they don't overwhelm the room.

Delicate floral wallpaper patterns and small polka dot patterned wallpaper are just two examples, but any of our scalable wallpaper patterns can be made smaller. Vertical line wallpaper patterns are another good choice for small rooms and spaces because they direct the eye up, increasing the sense of height in a space.

Room Wraps with Patterned Wallpaper: Direct the Eyes

Smaller-scale patterns can help to create a sense of continuity, making the room feel like one cohesive unit. Another trick is to cover the wallpaper around the room, rather than using it as a feature wall. This creates a sense of movement and flow, tricking the eye into thinking the space is larger than it actually is.

Light Colors: Reflect Rather Than Absorb

Wallpaper is a popular way to add color and pattern to a room, but it can also have a big impact on the overall feel of the space. Light-colored wallpaper, such as pastel wallpaper, can help to make a small room seem larger and brighter due to how it reflects the light.

On the other hand, dark colors can shrink a large space and make it feel more intimate. This is because dark colors absorb light rather than reflect it.

Scenic and Landscape Murals: Trick the Eye

Scenic murals and landscape wallpaper murals are an excellent way to increase the sense of depth in a room. By creating a feature wall with an immersive effect, you can trick the eye into thinking the room is larger than it actually is.

And what better way to create this effect than by using a stunning mural of a natural landscape or famous landmark? Whether you want to escape to the rolling hills of the Italian countryside or the bustling streets of a big city, landscape wallpaper murals are the perfect way to transform small rooms into expansive spaces.

The Takeaway

With some creativity and planning, you can make the most of any small space.

Don’t forget that we offer Create Your Own and customization options. Did you find a pattern you love but it’s too dark for your space? We can fix that! Do you have photos from a recent trip you want to memorialize with a room-expanding landscape mural? We got you covered there too! For help getting started, you can also contact us or call us at 1.888.558.0279.

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